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WINTER ISSUE 2013

The Magazine of the University of Houston Alumni Association

M A G A Z I N E

Campus Meet & Greet - Dean Patricia Oliver

Texas True Crime Writer Kathryn Casey

Introducing the 2013 Awards Gala Honorees


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Mobile Entrepreneurs Three stories of UH alumni setting out in the mobile food industry.

2013 Gala Honorees Introducing our slate of outstanding alumni honorees!

Life Member - Margarita Barcenas A career change led this alumna to UH and Life Membership.

Writing True Crime Kathryn Casey has been writing true crime books for over a decade.

UHAM Essentials 3

From the Desk of Mike Pede

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Campus News

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By The Numbers

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Alumni Association Update

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Newest Members

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Class Notes

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Young Alumni Profile

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Student Profile

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Calendar

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Paws & Remember

Write To: Director of Communications P.O. Box 230345 Houston, TX 77223-0345 E-mail To: alumni@uh.edu

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{ From The Desk Of Mike Pede } Executive Publisher Mike Pede (’89) Chief Editor Jeff Sutton

Synergy Across Campus A message from the UHAA President & CEO Greeting Cougars!

Art Director Brice D. Wiley Contributors Tonja Jones (’00) Thomas Henley Tom Franklin Kate Long

Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair John Clarke (’82) Immediate Past Chair Ricky Raven (’83, JD ’86) Treasurer Durg Kumar (’82, MBA ’83) Secretary Joe Pogge (’79) Chair Elect Starlet Agrella (’86, MBA ’89) Earl Cummings (’91) Fermeen Fazal (’96,’97, JD ’00) Cathy Coers Frank (’80) Carl Glaw (’77) Patty Godfrey (’89, MBA ’97) Janet Hoover Russell Hruska (’93) F. Carl Lewis Judie Lilie (’95) Gerald McElvy (’79) Reece Rondon (’92, JD ’95) Trey Wilkinson (’92, MBA ’02) Martha Wong (MED’76, EdD ’83) Ex-Officio President Renu Khator Ex-Officio Mike Pede (’89)

UH Alumni Quarterly is published for alumni, friends, donors, and members of the University of Houston Alumni Association. Views expressed within do not necessarily represent those of the University of Houston. All editorial comments and class note submissions should be sent to alumni@uh.edu or ATTN: Director of Communications, P.O. Box 230345, Houston, TX 77223-0345.

As you can probably tell from my past letters, I love words. I also love diction, but most of all, I like how words and diction work together. It seems like words and diction are tied together, or in unison with each other. No, wait, they have synergy! What a great word, synergy. I think we all understand the definition of synergy but I don’t think we all understand the importance of it in our lives. It’s synergy between your mind and your heart that makes how you go about each day important. If your goals and means to reach them are out of synergy, you can’t get there. If the people that work in your office or industry don’t have synergy, no one succeeds. For the first time in as long as I can remember, there is a feeling that everyone at UH is on the same page, pulling for the same goals with a commonality that makes it easier to succeed. There have been years gone by, sometimes decades, where UH and its alumni, faculty and staff all seemed to have different agendas. These agendas all seem important to each group and certainly they were all successful, but where would they have been had there been some synergy of mission? It’s interesting to think about. Sure, we came close. One year, one college or another would be nationally ranked but then we would lose a Chancellor to another school and the momentum would dissipate. Or in the late 70s, for instance, our football program was an absolute juggernaut, but not enough traditional students lived on campus to see it and really take it in and develop a bond with UH. Well that’s all changed and the synergy at the University of Houston is like I have never seen it in my 28 years around here. From UH working with all of the deans to get national recognition for deserving programs to deans and administrators working hand in hand with President Khator and her staff to create an atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie. Another instance is athletics and UHAA working together on the recent Homecoming commemorative jerseys or showing Shasta on the big board at games. Most recently, a growing and mutually beneficial synergy between UHAA and the UH administration, realizing how much bigger, better, stronger and efficient we can be when we work toward common goals and pool resources to make it all come together. These are very exciting times at UH. Make no mistake, they are changing times, but change is good when change is progress. So I hope you feel your own synergy with UH, with your college, in the stands, or at your business. Feel a synergy of purpose and when you do I hope you act on it and it will give you an instant feeling of pride and gratification. Gratification, now there’s a great word. Ok, maybe next issue. True we’ll ever be,

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What’s New?

Campus News

Back in Business Closed for nearly a year, the Blaffer Art Museum is open to the public

New Look Blaffer Art Museum Reopens Art lovers in Houston and around the world have long praised the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. In October, the celebrated site for groundbreaking exhibitions kicked off a new era. The museum had been closed for nearly a year as it underwent renovations and an expansion. Now, the 13,747-square-foot museum space boasts an additional entrance facing its closest parking lot (Lot 16 off Cullen Boulevard); a new staircase (replacing the previous one) and a lounge that faces UH’s Fine Arts Courtyard. The second level exhibition spaces have been reconfigured to include a media gallery for Blaffer’s public programs and an artist studio that will accommodate the museum’s educational initiatives. 4

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Approximately, 500 square feet were added to the museum. The project’s budget was $2.25 million. The museum’s design was overseen by awardwinning firm Work Architecture Co. Noted design, planning and consulting firm Gensler served as the project’s local architect. Luiza Maal, UH senior project manager, supervised the project. “The best part of this renovation is that the architects have been able to enhance the best features of the building while removing the lesser ones, giving us a facility that is state-ofthe-art in its functionality and yet has lots of personality,” said Blaffer director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli.


{ Campus News } UH Establishes Nation’s First Master’s Program in Subsea Engineering

Cougar Golf On The Rise

The University of Houston has received the state’s approval to offer the nation’s first subsea engineering graduate program, which will teach the scientific and technical skills necessary to create the first generation of formally trained subsea engineering specialists.

The UH men’s golf program is fresh off its best fall season under Head Coach Jonathan Dismuke and picked up its first 54hole tournament win since 2007. The Cougars placed third, second, tied for second and first in four tournaments.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved UH’s proposal to provide a graduate subsea engineering program, which is expected to begin in fall 2013. Currently, UH has a popular subsea engineering certification program.

“The big thing is we’ve had consistent contribution from a lot of guys. We haven’t had just one guy play great, we’ve had five guys play really solid,” Dismuke said. “The one thing, looking back on this fall, is that we got a little better every week. If we can continue to do that, we have a chance to peak at the right time.”

Formed in partnership with the world’s leading energy engineering companies, the master’s program will include classroom lectures and hands-on software education for subsea systems design. Courses will be taught by recognized experts in the industry.

FACT UH’s Space Architecture graduate program is the only one of its

Additionally, the new Dave Williams Golf Academy opened right before the school year began, giving the golf program a permanent home at Redstone Golf Club. A state-of-the-art facility, the Golf Academy includes a players’ lounge and reception area that showcases the rich history of the UH golf program.

A subsea engineer is responsible for kind. the design, installation and maintenance of the equipment, tools and infrastructure used in the underwaThe most recent news to come ter phase of the offshore oil and gas drilling from the golf program is the approval by and production. the UH Board of Regents to add a women’s golf program. The women will play as “We are honored to provide the nation’s first individuals during the 2013-14 season and field a complete team in 2014-15. This will graduate program in subsea engineering. We be the first new athletic program since know we can build on the success our cer2001 when UH added softball. tificate program with this enhanced master’s curriculum,” said Matthew Franchek, found“It’s going to be a great program. I think ing director of UH’s subsea program and a the success of the men’s program will tranmechanical engineering professor. “We are scend to the women’s team and it’s a sport grateful to the Texas Higher Education Coorwe can be very competitive in,” Dismuke dinating Board for its efforts to approve this added. ambitious initiative.” HoustonAlumni.com

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{ Campus News } Dean Patricia Oliver Makes Her Mark On The College of Architecture The College of Architecture at the University of Houston bears the name of renowned real estate investment, development and management magnate Gerald D. Hines. Hines was the man behind many of Houston’s landmark buildings, such as the Shell Oil Company headquarters, Pennzoil Place, the Galleria and the Williams Tower, just to name a few. In 1997, Hines donated $7 million to the College of Architecture and the school responded by attaching his name to the college. At that time, the Hines College of Architecture was one of the most talked about in the nation, thanks to the Hines name and the building boom taking place across the country. After the 9/11 tragedy, the building boom went quiet and so did the talk. That, however, would change when UH named Patricia Belton Oliver as Dean in January of 2010. Oliver is the first female, as well as the first person from outside the state of Texas, to hold that position with the college. One of the first changes that Oliver put into place was to grow the school’s graduate program. “The graduate program should be a flagship for the college, and it wasn’t,” said Oliver. Oliver began assembling a faculty that would help lead UH students toward achieving their goals. Currently, more than 70% of the college’s faculty are licensed practitioners, which is the highest percentage of any architecture school in the state of Texas. “We very much support the idea of the reflective practitioner. That their work is a huge part of what they do, and that the interest they have in architecture is reflected in their practice.” With an enrollment of less than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students combined, Architecture is one of the smallest colleges at UH. Oliver says this intimate group of faculty and students has formed a very close-knit bond that has led to its success, “Everybody kind of pulls the weight of making the college better than it is.” In addition, Oliver has instituted a number of partnership programs with the other colleges at UH in order to give Architecture a larger presence on campus. “We have partnerships with all the other colleges, except Pharmacy and Law, and we are currently working on something with Law.” Oliver introduced a new B.S. in Interior Architecture 6

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program this fall. That program has already launched an advanced spatial design program this is attached to the materials research collaborative, which works with industry partners to bring the latest, greatest and newest materials to their industrial design program, architecture students and interior architecture students. “That program is very valuable to us. We see a future in research in materials with technology and the ability to take that into the graduate level.” Oliver adds that the Hines College also does “zero carbon footprint analyses” for partners through that materials resource collaborative. A program that is very dear to Oliver is the Industrial Design program. “They have just done amazing things out of almost nothing,” says Oliver. “That program has been regularly winning national and regional awards.” Oliver cites one story in particular from the Industrial Design program to illustrate the success of the program. “We had a young woman from Mexico who started in the Industrial Design program and became pregnant early in her path through the program. While raising her child, she took one of her projects to a national exposition. It was recognized and picked up by a French company and an American company and now her project is in production.” Oliver says that student has become somewhat of a spokesperson in industrial design for Hispanic women success stories. She adds that industrial design has not been known for employing a large segment of women, especially those women who are able to achieve this level of success at such an early stage of their careers. Oliver has also adapted longstanding programs to fit the ever-changing world today’s students are encountering. A prime example is the Master of Science in Space Architecture program. Where before it concentrated solely on man’s quest to travel to, and perhaps colonize, outer space, Oliver says it has now shifted its focus to extreme environments. “Space is definitely an extreme environment and we can use those principles to focus on things like post-disaster situations, remote conditions and underwater harvesting.” “The college is making such great strides, and I don’t see any slowing down. I think the future is going to continue to make UH quite proud of this piece of its university.”


All the numbers that m a k e u p o n e g re a t u n i v e r s i t y

By The Numbers 80,000 1

The University of Houston’s BOUNCE program (Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise) to receive $80,000 award to fight childhood obesity in minority families.

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All six of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering applicants have been granted prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for 2012.

UH is the nation’s first Subsea Engineering graduate program, which will teach the scientific and technical skills necessary to create the first generation of formally trained subsea engineering specialists.

Navin Varadarajan, an assistant professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering program at University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a $2.1 million grant to study the best ways to modify human immune cells to fight against cancer.

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UH’s current total enrollment is 40,754 - the highest in the history of the university.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a three-year, $480,000 grant to the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work to place approximately 20 bilingual graduate students in internships with Harris County agencies.

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At this point, if you’ve been driving the streets of Houston, you’ve probably seen them. They come in different shapes and sizes, some are painted bright colors, and they usually have groups of people milling about near them. Food trucks or, mobile food units, have been gaining popularity in Houston in recent years, serving up a wide array of foods. Cuisine available out of trucks, trailers and stands range from hamburgers to waffles, hot dogs to cajun, and everything in between.

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It’s no surprise that University of Houston alumni are playing their roles in this growing and visible industry. Over the next few pages, you’ll read about three instances of Cougar entrepreneurs who have all entered the mobile food unit arena in different ways.

By: Jeff Sutton

Carroll (’08), aka Buffalo Sean, made his way to Texas, sight unseen, based on a random phone call S ean from a “nice and pleasant listening Texan” who was with the University of Houston Honors College. “I grew up outside of Buffalo, NY and looked at all my options. I had really good SAT scores and looked at a bunch of elite colleges that cost a hell of a lot of money and all the state schools in New York. One night, someone called me up from the Honors College at UH and [that call] really opened my eyes to coming down here.” After crunching some numbers and realizing, even buying two plane tickets a year, it was cheaper to attend UH than any state school in New York, Carroll got on a plane for the first time in his life bound for Houston. He added, “My dad said ‘Oh, take one of the buses. Don’t take a taxi, that’ll cost to much money.’ He meant one of those little buses, like a shuttle. No, I got on a city bus. But, I hauled my stuff around and got to UH.” After changing his major three times, Carroll graduated with a degree in art history. He went on to jobs with a museum, a gallery and a web site, but none of those stuck. “I was always the last one hired and, therefore, the first one fired,” he said. It was not long after that he and his wife decided to go a different route. “I went to Paris a few years ago, sure did love eating crepes while I was there. In idle conversation, my wife would say I sure would like a snow cone truck, if you had a truck what would you do? I said, ‘I’d make crepes.’”

“Buffalo Sean” prepares his signature banana and Nutella crepe.

Carroll turned to the internet and the most trusted of teaching resources, YouTube, to learn and perfect the art of making crepes. He decided on a stand, as opposed to a truck, based on a need for less up front capital and another, more simple reason. “You want to watch someone making a crepe for you. In a truck, you wouldn’t be able to see what I was doing. With the cart, it’s very Parisian.” He continued, “It’s social space. It creates street life, where there isn’t much in Houston. There needs to be street life.” 8

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Thus began Melange Creperie, the crepe cart you may see stationed in front of Mango’s Music Café on Westheimer in Montrose. Carroll maintains an ever-changing menu (one mainstay is the banana and Nutella crepe) and a visit is never short on conversation. It doesn’t take long to realize that “social” is just a way of life for Buffalo Sean. Living on campus for two and a half years in the quad, it was clear he enjoyed his time in the quad. “It was great. We hung out outside all day, every day. It was a great group of friends that I still hang out with. It was the misfits and the fools who like to sit outside and be social.”

F orroad.John Peterson (’08), it was after a pair of unfulfilling jobs in sales that he decided to take a different “The Rice Box is kind of a mix of two passions of mine. One of which is Chinese culture and food, the other is cars. So you put those two together and get something like the Rice Box.” Like Carroll, an interest in street culture plays a large role in Peterson’s enjoyment of his work. “It’s one of the coolest things about Asia and other places I’ve traveled to. You can walk down the street and pick up food. In Houston, food trucks give people the opportunity to have food on the street.” The passion for Chinese culture isn’t surprising, as Peterson grew up with a number of Asian friends and their culture influencing him from a young age. When he reached UH, as he puts it, he and a friend looked at each other and said “Let’s learn Chinese.” He went on to graduate from Bauer College with a degree in marketing and a minor in Chinese. He notes that Chinese became available as a major the year he graduated.

John Peterson serves up tasty Chinese food around town and in campus.

“Getting Chinese food out of a box with dim lights, Chinese lanterns hanging out in the Montrose is kind of something that, when I was manifesting the idea, I didn’t clearly see it but I kind of knew it was what I wanted to do.” Getting the truck on the road and getting cooking was a process that Peterson pointed out, is going to be unfamiliar territory for most since it’s a relatively new industry. He credits other food truck owners with helping to point him in the right direction in terms of permits and the documentation required to operate. Having been open for over a year, Peterson has an eye on future plans that include remaining involved with mobile food concepts while not being in a rush. “As far as the future of Rice Box, I’m in it for the long haul. I’m not thinking, in 30 days I need to do this, in 60 days I need to do this. I have my goals and my plans, but at the same time, I’m not going anywhere.” Peterson has had the opportunity recently to return to campus as one of the food trucks brought in to supply food to hungry students, faculty and staff while the University Center transformation is occurring. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I serve food at UH that I don’t feel extremely fortunate. The students have really taken to my food, the staff like it so I’m very happy and fortunate to be there.” Peterson continued, “I’m an owner-operated business, so 95 percent of the time I say hello and all that. The cool thing is when students see an alum with a food truck, something that’s trendy, something that might be in the news or media or something like that and think, ‘I can do that. This guy’s from UH and graduated with a 2.75 from Bauer.’ But to think that someone can graduate from there and go on to do something cool like this is inspiration for some students. Being able to inspire students is a cool thing.” HoustonAlumni.com

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Soroka (MBA ’11) was working toward his MBA in Bauer when he requested permission to develop Rfor yan a business plan in lieu of writing a master’s thesis. With approval, he began working on a business plan a brewpub. “I probably spent a semester researching and working on a business plan for a brewpub. At that time, right when I kind of struck up with Aaron that we should probably work on this together and have this as an end goal for us. In that progress and research I realized the brewpub model is not the most effective way to start, at least in Texas. So, dropped the kitchen and went forward with just a brewery business plan. That was my master’s thesis.” Aaron Corsi (’09, MS ’11) had been focusing on alcohol production since his undergraduate days and was working as a graduate student teaching a lab when he and Soroka met. The two started, as Corsi referred to it, “an underground brewing club at the university,” brewing beer and tweaking recipes. The Eatsie Boys intergalactic food truck parked in front of the Eatsie Boys cafe

While this was going on, Soroka developed a business plan for a food truck in a class. In working on that business plan, he realized that he could still get close to the brewpub he initially envisioned, just by having the pieces separate. Soroka credits friend and partner Alex Vassiliakidis as the driving force behind starting the Eatsie Boys food truck. The two partnered with friend and chef Matt Marcus to get the truck up and running. “We saw that Houston did not have a gourmet food truck scene. It had plenty of other trucks but not kind of high-end food. Other major cities in America were already in on that trend and we knew it was only a matter of time before it got here.”

Eatsie Boys began in a trailer that they would tow and park around town. When it got hot, they decided to sell the trailer, buy a small school bus and outfit it into an ice cream truck. After a while, demand for their food grew and the bus became a dual food/ice cream truck. Now, Eatsie Boys have opened a casual counter service café in Montrose with a full menu, including their ice cream. While Eatsie Boys was launching as a food truck, Soroka and Corsi were still in school and continued making plans for the brewery. Corsi, who teaches courses at UH that include brewing science, is the head brewer and co-founder along with the Eatsie Boys of 8th Wonder Brewery. 8th Wonder is not available to the public as of this writing, but don’t expect to see 8th Wonder beer at the Eatsie Boys café once the beer is available. State laws prevent the owners from being able to sell their beer in their café. That, however, is where the food truck comes in handy. 8TH Wonder can have people at the brewery for a tour and tasting and as Soroka put it, “We can legally park the truck right outside the brewery and we’ll be good.” With Corsi’s obvious connection to the university as a member of the faculty, the two have hired multiple interns from UH to work at the brewery. Beyond just finding interns from the school, they hope to work on building an academic program with the university. “We would love to make UH the first brewing program in Texas. There are programs in some other states, but I think Houston would be great.”

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1962 Tangerine Bowl Team Reunion The 2012 football season marked the 50th anniversary of the University of Houston football team earning a spot in the prestigious Tangerine Bowl. Team members, coaches, trainers, equipment managers and staff returned to campus for two days of events on October 5-6. On Friday, Oct. 5, attendees enjoyed a golf outing in the morning followed by a tour of the Athletics/Alumni Center and the Yeoman Field House complex and a reunion dinner in the O’Quinn Great Hall. On Saturday, attendees enjoyed a tailgate at the H Association pavilion and were then recognized during the UH-North Texas game that evening. The 1962 season was the first year with legendary coach Bill Yeoman at the helm of the program. The Cougars posted a 7-4 record that season and headed to Orlando, FL to take on Miami of Ohio. UH rolled to a 49-21 victory in the game for the second bowl game win in program history. HoustonAlumni.com

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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Mark your calendars to join the UH Alumni Association for the 59th Annual Awards Gala as we honor these special alumni!

Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree Dr. Roger Birkman (BS, MS ‘47)

April 27, 2013 The Westin Hotel Memorial City

Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree Bill Worrell (BS ‘69)

Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree Alonzo Cantu (BBA ‘78)

Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree Dr. Dennis Golden (BS ’76, OD ‘77)

Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree Richard Rawson (‘72)

Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees Nick (BS ’73) & Vicki Massad

Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree Loretta Devine (BA ‘71)

Distinguished Service Award Honoree Rick Bowen (‘BBA 88, MBA ‘91)

Outstanding Volunteer Award Honoree Yuen-Yee Ma (MBA ‘77)

Rising Star Award for Service Honoree Hon. Jacqueline Baly (BS ‘90)

945 Gessner Road Houston, TX 77024 To reserve your seat or sponsorship visit HoustonAlumni.com

Not Pictured Chair’s Award Honoree Meredith Dreiss

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MEET

LIFE

MEMBER MARGARITA BARCENAS (MBA’03)

A desire to change careers led Margarita Barcenas (MBA ’03) to the University of Houston campus and started the natural progression toward becoming a Life Member of the UH Alumni Association. After earning an undergrad degree from UH-Downtown and a master’s from Arkansas, she was working as a psychotherapist when she realized she wanted something different. She enrolled in the MBA program at the Bauer College of Business and decided to figure out what she wanted her focus to be as she went along.

The trigger that led Margarita to investment management? The AIM Center for Investment Management in Melcher Hall, referred to as the Fish Bowl. She mused, “It’s not your usual, hyper-focused, ‘This is what I want to do.’ I just wanted to know what class would get me into the fancy room.” Barcenas progressed through the Cougar Fund program and built a rapport with Dr. Thomas George and Dr. Ron Singer, getting invited back for a second year in the program. She told the two, “I will come back but you have to help me find a job when this is over.” Despite knowing this was a tall order and nothing that could be guaranteed, things worked out. Compass Bank came calling, looking for a recent grad and her former professors knew Margarita would be a fit. She had her foot in the door in a difficult industry to crack. After spending time at Compass, she moved on to Bank of America. She remained involved with the Cougar Fund, helping out with events and placing graduates who were Cougar Fund students. “I worked as an analyst and one of the portfolio managers that I supported was Trey Wilkinson (’92, MBA ‘02). He and I developed a very good and respectful working relationship. He convinced me to start working with the Bauer Alumni board and that I should be more involved at the alumni level,” she recalled. She was quickly placed on a committee in charge of planning events for the Bauer College Alumni Association and has remained an active board member ever since. Margarita went from being active with the Cougar Fund, to being active with BCAA, and most recently she became a Life Member. “I think as you become more involved at the Board level and more involved at the university, you get to understand better how the Alumni Association works,” adding, “You become a little more aware of how to help the university.” HoustonAlumni.com

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What We ’ v e B e e n U p To

Association Update

Engineering Alumni Association

Fort Bend Alumni Association

Spirit of Houston Alumni Association

2012 Banner Year Award Winners Platinum Banner Award Winners

Gold Banner Award Winners

Red Banner Award Winners

Engineering Alumni Association

Bauer Alumni Association

Graduate College of Social Work Alumni Association

Fort Bend Alumni Club

Austin Alumni Club

Spirit of Houston Alumni Association

Brenham Alumni Club Black Alumni Association

CenterPoint Energy Alumni Association

The Banner Year awards process was augmented this past year. It now highlights nine alumni groups in three different categories (college-based, special interest, and area club). The awards that were given out to these respective alumni group winners are now categorized as platinum, gold, and red banners. Congratulations to our 2012 alumni award winners and all of our constituent groups for a very productive and successful 2011-12 year!

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Texas Hold ’Em Showdown UHAA hosted its second annual Texas Hold’Em Showdown on August 23 at the Bayou Events Center with special guest hosts from SportsTalk 790, Matt Jackson (’99) and Matt Thomas (’98).

Here’s a look at the Space Shuttle Endeavour flying over the Athletics/ Alumni Center this morning. Did you get to see it? If so, tell us where you were. Live Feed Views News Feed What’s on your mind? Steven Kirkland At the Courthouse in the middle of trial. We stopped and all gathered at the window to watch. Jury, Lawyers and Judge. On some issues everybody can agree - the Columbia is Cool. Thank you NASA for the flyby. 3 minutes ago • Comment • Like

Fermeen Fazal Great photo! I saw it from my office window in downtown Houston a few minutes ago! 6 minutes ago • Comment • Like Amanda Heath likes this.

Christopher Brian Cotton Flew directly over ESPA CORP offices, awesome!

UHAA Golf Classic The UHAA Celebrity Golf Classic returned to Homecoming week this past fall as nearly 200 alumni and friends played two courses at Quail Valley Golf Course. This year, in honor of tireless UH and UHAA supporter Ken Baxter, the winning team presented with the Baxter Cup. The Baxter Cup will now be awarded to the winning team every year at the UHAA Celebrity Golf Classic.

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Carolyn Mata very cool and inspiring 40 minutes ago • Comment • Like

Penny Wilson Saw it above the Galleria. Amazing sight! 43 minutes ago • Comment • Like

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{ Alumni Association Update } Congrats To Our 2012-13 Constituent Group Presidents Architecture Alumni Association Elizabeth Brannan Asian Alumni Association David Nguyen Austin Alumni Club Joe Slade

Graduate College of Social Work Alumni Association Rosalind Rolls San Antonio Alumni Club Jim Lovering Spirit of Houston Alumni Association Jennifer Garrison

Bauer Alumni Association James Hong Black Alumni Association Robin Lewis Brenham Alumni Club Ron Werchan CenterPoint Energy Alumni Association Laurie Rutherford Valenti School of Communication Alumni Association Jasmine Harrison

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{ Newest Members } The University of Houston Alumni Association expresses appreciation to our newest members who have joined as Life Members & Century Club!

Life Members Mrs. Elizabeth A. Bering (‘86) Ms. Lisa W. Morfin (‘05) Mr. Conrad M. Kolb (‘07) Mr. Craig Lee (‘80) Mr. Khoa N. Pham (‘11) Mr. Kevin R. Dacey (‘94) Mr. Harold Andrew Hurry (MED ‘75) Mr. Karlis L. Butler (‘10) Mr. Charles Victor Smith (MA ‘98) Mrs. Mary Leaner Douglas Mr. Roel Eutimio Huerta (‘08) Mrs. Kathleen C. Kuznicki (MSW ‘09) Mr. Jose R. Flores (‘89) Ms. Pilar Elena Uribe (‘96) Ms. Christi M. Hicks (‘95) Mr. Gary William White (‘77) Mr. Enrique Rodriguez Arroyo (‘06) Mr. Galen Leroy Johnson (‘65) Mr. Philip Zachary Campbell (‘09, ‘11) Mr. Douglas N. Carter (‘05) Mr. James Russell Clark (‘84) Mr. Lloyd R. French, III Mr. Shone D. Gipson (‘99) Miss Sandy N. Ibanez (‘08) Ms. Noemi Martinez-Clement (‘02, MA ‘04) Monty L. Meier, Ph.D. (PhD ‘87) Ms. Lee Ann Midyett (‘05) Mr. Luis A. Sanchez (‘09) Ms. Linda M. Sims (‘69) Mr. Albert Dovalina (‘79) Mr. J. Russell Denson (‘72) Mr. Rudolph Rusnak (‘68) Dr. George W. Wimbush Ms. Cynthia Alvarado (‘03) Mr. Marjoe Q. Borromeo (‘98) Mr. Audelio Cedillo, Jr. (‘05) Ms. Smeeta Choudhary (‘01) Mr. Robert J. Connor (‘67) Mr. Michael Allen Draper (‘90, MBA ‘92) Mrs. Susanna L. Girocco (‘03) Mr. Joel Paul Mr. Robert J. Rosa (‘99) Mrs. Christina Rosser (‘10, ‘11) Mr. Roy Wells (MBA ‘11) Mrs. Bette Branch Lehmberg (MED ‘75, ‘81) Mr. John Francis Kluth (MSACY ‘86) Mr. Zain Farooqi (‘08) Mr. Virgil W. Fisher (‘63, MED ‘71) Mr. Michael R. Gerber (‘08) Ms. Betty P. Muegge Mr. Michael Wayne Turner (MBA ‘70) Mr. Kenneth A. Croft (‘87) Mr. David Crawford Crumrine (MSACY ‘11) Mr. Tommy K. Harrington (‘70, JD ‘73) Mr. William B. Stewart, Jr. (‘70) Miss Sarayu Sundar (‘11) Mr. Ricardo David Cardenas (‘82) Mr. Kolawole B. Olaleye (‘04) Mr. Umair Ulhaq (‘11) Ms. Diana Lopez (‘83, MEd ‘87) Ms. Martha R. Bleyl (‘60) Ms. Stacey L. Claflin-Kimmel (‘04) Dr. Viola M. Garcia (Med ‘74, EdD ‘00) Mr. John Parke Morgan (‘66, ‘69) Mrs. Margarita Barcenas (‘92, MBA ‘03) Mrs. Kelley J. Roper (‘86, MBA ‘98) Mr. Rex Wayne Chamberlain (‘71) Mr. Bill Dreizler (‘84, MBA ‘93) Mr. Kenneth W. Shannon, Jr. (‘02) Mr. Thomas Craig Cloninger (‘83) Mr. Jason A. Colunga (‘05) Mr. Michael Stoner Crawford (‘99) Mr. John P. Gee (‘71) Ms. Brittney Ann Pfeiffer (‘09) Mr. David P. Tusa (‘82) Mr. Michael Brandon Bell (‘08) Mr. Roel Cruz Barrera (‘10) Mr. John Arnold Heckendorn (‘78) Ms. Susan J. Hitchcock (MSW‘97) Mr. Jon P. Hoffman Mr. Douglas L. Whitmarsh (‘89) Mr. Albert Leroy Windom (‘81)

Dr. Freddie Louis Frazier (EdD ‘75) Mrs. Margaret Lang Kilgo (MED ‘75) Mr. Kevin A. Mclaughlin (‘08, MBA ‘11) Mrs. Leslie V. Nettles (‘00) Mr. Mark Alan Allison (‘06) Ms. Gloria C. Browning (‘66) Mr. Asif Aziz Fasih (‘08) Ms. Monica V. Mata (‘04) Mrs. Natalie Spooner Mcclean (‘82, MED ‘90) Ms. Judith N. Muma (‘05, MBA ‘10) Ms. Jaynelle M. Ramon (‘02) Mr. Buford B. Wilson (‘86) Mr. Quan Nguyen (‘07) Mr. Thomas S. Ostrowski (PhD ‘78) Dr. Ruth Rhea Robbins (Mba ‘74, EdD ‘86) Mr. Manfred Salgert (MBA ‘11) Mr. Robert Swann Sivley, Iv (‘96) Ms. Ann M. Woodroof Mr. Charlie Hocker Mr. Barron K. Mcmann (‘91) Mr. James E. Sternenberg (‘62) Ms. Kim Elise Traylor (‘89) Mr. Dennis C. Fitzgerald (‘79) Dr. Helen Cronenberger (Phd ‘72) Mr. Jesse H. Hurst, II Dr. Karen S. Hall (‘79, MM ‘81) Ms. Linda D. Buttrill (‘68) Mr. Jaison James (‘03, MED ‘09) Mr. Michael O. Oluwagbemi (MEE ‘09) Ms. Sophia A. Corey (‘00) Mr. Edwin K. James Mr. And Mrs. Christopher Kevin Cearley (‘94, ‘95) Mr. And Mrs. Robert Gage Hunt, Jr. (‘74, ‘76) Mr. And Mrs. Jerry D. Horak (‘10, ‘11) Miss Jessica S. Choate (‘10) Mr. Cody Ray Robinson (‘10, MS ‘10) Mr. And Mrs. Ernest Charles Jones (‘76, ‘70) Mr. And Mrs. Kenneth W. Repsher (‘76, ‘77, MS ‘01) Drs. Barney E. And Judith A. Johnston (EdD ‘99, MS ‘96, EdD ‘00) Mr. And Mrs. David L. Walton (‘89, MED ‘08) Mr. And Mrs. Kris B. Lloyd, Sr. (‘75, ‘77) Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence D. Wallace (‘74, MS ‘82 MBA ‘80, JD ‘90) Ms. Teri Jo Garrett (‘01) Mr. Jason D. Grant (‘07) Mr. And Mrs. Wayne Babineaux (‘99) Mr. And Mrs. Michael R. Burch (‘68) Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Charles Casto (‘10, ‘07, MSACY ‘08) Mr. And Mrs. Chris A. Salley (‘05, ‘08) Mr. And Mrs. Lohn Edward Zylicz (‘92, ‘95)

Century Club Mrs. Elizabeth A. Bering (‘86) Ms. Lisa W. Morfin (‘05) Mr. Conrad M. Kolb (‘07) Mr. Craig Lee (‘80) Mr. Khoa N. Pham (‘11) Mr. Kevin R. Dacey (‘94) Mr. Harold Andrew Hurry (MED ‘75) Mr. Karlis L. Butler (‘10) Mr. Charles Victor Smith (MA ‘98) Mrs. Mary Leaner Douglas Mr. Roel Eutimio Huerta (‘08) Mrs. Kathleen C. Kuznicki (MSW ‘09) Mr. Jose R. Flores (‘89) Ms. Pilar Elena Uribe (‘96) Ms. Christi M. Hicks (‘95) Mr. Gary William White (‘77) Mr. Enrique Rodriguez Arroyo (‘06) Mr. Galen Leroy Johnson (‘65) Mr. Philip Zachary Campbell (‘09, ‘11) Mr. Douglas N. Carter (‘05) Mr. James Russell Clark (‘84) Mr. Lloyd R. French, III Mr. Shone D. Gipson (‘99) Miss Sandy N. Ibanez (‘08) Ms. Noemi Martinez-Clement (‘02, MA ‘04) Monty L. Meier, Ph.D. (PhD ‘87) Ms. Lee Ann Midyett (‘05) Mr. Luis A. Sanchez (‘09)

Ms. Linda M. Sims (‘69) Mr. Albert Dovalina (‘79) Mr. J. Russell Denson (‘72) Mr. Rudolph Rusnak (‘68) Dr. George W. Wimbush Ms. Cynthia Alvarado (‘03) Mr. Marjoe Q. Borromeo (‘98) Mr. Audelio Cedillo, Jr. (‘05) Ms. Smeeta Choudhary (‘01) Mr. Robert J. Connor (‘67) Mr. Michael Allen Draper (‘90, MBA ‘92) Mrs. Susanna L. Girocco (‘03) Mr. Joel Paul Mr. Robert J. Rosa (‘99) Mrs. Christina Rosser (‘10, ‘11) Mr. Roy Wells (MBA ‘11) Mrs. Bette Branch Lehmberg (MED ‘75, ‘81) Mr. John Francis Kluth (MSACY ‘86) Mr. Zain Farooqi (‘08) Mr. Virgil W. Fisher (‘63, MED ‘71) Mr. Michael R. Gerber (‘08) Ms. Betty P. Muegge Mr. Michael Wayne Turner (MBA ‘70) Mr. Kenneth A. Croft (‘87) Mr. David Crawford Crumrine (MSACY ‘11) Mr. Tommy K. Harrington (‘70, JD ‘73) Mr. William B. Stewart, Jr. (‘70) Miss Sarayu Sundar (‘11) Mr. Ricardo David Cardenas (‘82) Mr. Kolawole B. Olaleye (‘04) Mr. Umair Ulhaq (‘11) Ms. Diana Lopez (‘83, MED ‘87) Ms. Martha R. Bleyl (‘60) Ms. Stacey L. Claflin-Kimmel (‘04) Dr. Viola M. Garcia (MEd ‘74, EdD ‘00) Mr. John Parke Morgan (‘66, ‘69) Mrs. Margarita Barcenas (‘92, MBA ‘03) Mrs. Kelley J. Roper (‘86, MBA ‘98) Mr. Rex Wayne Chamberlain (‘71) Mr. Bill Dreizler (‘84, MBA ‘93) Mr. Kenneth W. Shannon, Jr. (‘02) Mr. Thomas Craig Cloninger (‘83) Mr. Jason A. Colunga (‘05) Mr. Michael Stoner Crawford (‘99) Mr. John P. Gee (‘71) Ms. Brittney Ann Pfeiffer (‘09) Mr. David P. Tusa (‘82) Mr. Michael Brandon Bell (‘08) Mr. Roel Cruz Barrera (‘10, BBA ‘10) Mr. John Arnold Heckendorn (‘78) Ms. Susan J. Hitchcock (MSE ‘97) Mr. Jon P. Hoffman Mr. Douglas L. Whitmarsh (‘89) Mr. Albert Leroy Windom (‘81) Dr. Freddie Louis Frazier (EdD ‘75) Mrs. Margaret Lang Kilgo (MED ‘75) Mr. Kevin A. Mclaughlin (‘08, MBA ‘11) Mrs. Leslie V. Nettles (‘00) Mr. Mark Alan Allison (‘06) Ms. Gloria C. Browning (‘66) Mr. Asif Aziz Fasih (‘08) Ms. Monica V. Mata (‘04) Mrs. Natalie Spooner Mcclean (‘82, MED ‘90) Ms. Judith N. Muma (‘05, MBA ‘10) Ms. Jaynelle M. Ramon (‘02) Mr. Buford B. Wilson (‘86) Mr. Quan Nguyen (‘07) Mr. Thomas S. Ostrowski (Phd ‘78) Dr. Ruth Rhea Robbins (MBA ‘74, EdD ‘86) Mr. Manfred Salgert (MBA ‘11) Mr. Robert Swann Sivley, Iv (‘96) Ms. Ann M. Woodroof Mr. Charlie Hocker Mr. Barron K. Mcmann (‘91) Mr. James E. Sternenberg (‘62) Ms. Kim Elise Traylor (‘89) Mr. Dennis C. Fitzgerald (‘79) Dr. Helen Cronenberger (PhD ‘72) Mr. Jesse H. Hurst, II Dr. Karen S. Hall (‘79, MM ‘81) Ms. Linda D. Buttrill (‘68) Mr. Jaison James (‘03, MED ‘09) Mr. Michael O. Oluwagbemi (MEE ‘09)

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{ Newest Members } Mr. Jeff Bayless (‘89) Mr. Don M. Chaney, II (‘89) Mr. Michael Franklin Stauffacher (‘92) Dr. Stephen A. Claiborn (‘71, PhD ‘75 ) Ms. Sarah Elizabeth Gilbert (‘05, MSACY ‘06) Ms. Betsy E. Major (77’) Mrs. Dorothea M. Terry (‘76) Ms. Heather R. Watson (‘11) Mr. Paul Allan Bedford (‘80) Mrs. Julie Crosswell (‘10) Mr. Harvey L. Mcclendon, Jr. (‘75) Mr. Albert Urrabazo (‘92) Ms. Linda Orrick (‘06) Mr. Shanthi A. Sanjeevi (‘05, MBA ‘11) Mr. Shawn Michael Collier (‘96) Mr. James B. Moore, Iii (‘64, ‘67) Mrs. Donna B. Sterns (‘75) Ms. Peggy A. Curtis (‘00) Mr. Douglas Jay Wright (‘70, MBA ‘73) Ms. Gloria Acker (‘71) Ms. Paula Ruth Gochnour (‘88) Ms. Vivian Camacho (‘99) Mr. G. Jeff Fleming (‘96) Mr. Randolph Mark Green (‘83) Mr. Michael J. Hajovsky (‘72) Mr. Vincent R. Ryan, Jr. (‘69, JD‘74) Mr. Larry C. Wiggins, Sr. (‘69) Mr. James R. Hill Mr. Paul D. Menzel (‘98) Mr. Michael A. Meux (‘96) Mrs. Veronica T. Davidson (‘93, MA ‘95) Mr. James M. Grace, Jr. (‘92) Mrs. Cynthia R. Burger (‘70) Mr. Michael T. Haas, Jr. (‘82) Mr. Fernando Pereira Ms. H. L. Johnson (‘06) Mr. James C. Moore, Jr. (‘74) Dr. Robert A. Cook (‘82) Dr. Joanna R. Gabler (‘98) Mr. Randall A. Koctar (‘08) Mrs. Karen Payton-Kaplun (‘93) Mr. Holbert N. Roach (‘80) Mr. Richard S. Thompson (‘71) Mr. Michael E. Buchanan (‘96) Mr. Tariq B. Al-Abbassi (‘94) Mr. Paul R. Brown (‘73, ‘80) Mr. Jerry Wayne Chrisman, Jr. (‘93) Mr. Gregory Eugene Fife (‘83) Ms. Pamela S. Fraser (‘74, MA ‘82) Mrs. Harriet B. Hajizade Mr. James M. Mayor (‘53) Mrs. Patricia Godfrey Moss (‘81) Mr. William Don Williams (‘59, MED ‘64) Mr. John Wesley Gallup (‘71) Mrs. Barbara M. Gorman (‘76) The Honorable Morgan Dunn O’Connor (‘75) Mr. Michael W. Shannon (‘84, MBA ‘02) Mr. Jim Honey (‘84) Mr. Artie Lombard (‘81) Mr. Raymond George Noblit (‘70) Ms. Sally Ridgway (‘85) Dr. John David Spydell (‘81) Dr. Caroline Vornberg (‘84) Ms. Rita Sue Wells (‘73) Mr. William Westbrooks (‘97) Mr. Richard J. Wilson (‘89, MBA ‘92) Mr. Craig A. Breslau (‘90) Mr. David D. Frederick (‘81) Mr. Kevin H. Jin (‘05) Mr. Michael J. Mcdermott (‘83, MBA 02’) Mr. David E. O’Brien, III (‘63) Dr. James W. Rice (‘77) Mr. Hiep Thai Truong (‘09) Mrs. Pamela K. Lagrone (‘82, ‘95) Mr. David L. Robinson (‘04) Ms. Annis E. Rogillio (‘73) Mr. Dennis J. Holt (‘99) Ms. Anne Lundy (‘79) Mr. Nicholas R. Brunson (‘08, MBA ‘11) Mr. Pedro Amieva Deiguel (‘04) Ms. Dorene J. Drake (‘66) Mr. Edmund L. Hines (‘51) Mr. John Arthur May (‘86) Ms. Veronica J. Russell (‘02) Mr. John Simpson (‘85, Mba ‘91) Dr. William K. Wakefield (‘77) Mr. Donald W. Bohner (‘82) Dr. Harold R. Codianne (‘63) Mr. Jodie L. Haifley (‘94) Mr. Michael J. Hanna (‘90, MBA ‘97) Ms. Marguerite J. Logan (‘55) Dr. Ernest B. Hiatt (‘59, ‘64)

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Mr. Antonio Tong (‘66, Msee ‘67) Mrs. Elizabeth M. Gallimore (‘05) Mr. Rodolfo T. Gutierrez (‘08) Mrs. Candy U. Hein Mr. David E. Lewis (‘07) Mr. Tom M. Neale, Jr. (85’) Mr. Terry E. Ryan (‘68) The Honorable Nancy J. Bailey (‘85) Mrs. Janice E. Cockroft (‘97) Dr. Terence S. Holmes (‘73) Mr. David E. Sommervold (‘76) Ms. Tina Billington (‘91) Dr. Betty Nowlin James (‘70, EdD 75’) Ms. Jennifer Grace Joyce (‘11) Dr. Dawn Aldava Mccarty (‘95, PhD 02’) Dr. Juan E. Cerda (‘97) Mr. Robert S. Harker (‘53) Mr. Mark Roseland (‘81) Mr. Paul A. Christy (‘94) Mr. Myles D. Jones (‘60) Dr. Ronald J. Ridder (‘87, ‘88 MA) Dr. Derrick Floyd Simmons (‘81, OD ‘83) Mr. Rene E. Bourg Mr. Darian C. Hewitt (‘09) Mrs. Linda J. Masters (‘80) Mrs. Cathie S. Mcfarland (‘86) Mr. Paul K. Broughton Dr. Raymond W. Stepp (‘73) Dr. Arnold Vedlitz (‘75) Mrs. Elizabeth C. Lundgren (‘01, MEE ‘03) Mr. Joseph B. Melenric (‘83) Mr. David S. Spence (‘90) Mr. Juan Raul Falcon (‘81) Mr. Stephen S. Hodgson (‘86, JD ‘95) Mr. Craig Robinson (‘71) Ms. May B. Shek (‘02) Ms. Rhea M. Armstrong-Altamura (‘89) Mr. Douglas M. Friday (‘02) Ms. Harriett S. Goodman (‘88) Mr. Daniel J. Hansen (‘08) Mr. Bobby G. Moore (‘96) Mr. Lanre Fatai Bolatiwa (‘81, ‘83) Mr. Incho Chang (‘70) Mrs. Elaine W. Finger (‘92) Mr. Christian Justus Gleasman (‘11) Mr. Leo J. Mrok, Jr. (‘82) Mr. Gregory B. Deatkine (‘92, ‘88) Ltc Vernon Eschenfelder, Jr Usar (Ret) (‘61) Mr. John Douglas Brown (‘91) Mr. Christopher Paul Egan (‘94) Mr. Brian Scott Reichard (‘93) Ms. Rosita Waden (‘99) Mr. Scott Chase (‘68, JD ‘71) Mr. Don L. Foster (‘75) Dr. Herman D. Suit (‘48) Dr. Joel D. Lebsack (‘93) Mr. Doug Kitchens, Jr. (‘99) Mr. Wayman Lim (‘92) Ms. Angela Marie Taylor (‘05) Mr. Angus Ray Davis (‘72) Mrs. Susan C. Meador (‘85) Mr. Peter Alvin Ring (‘01) Mr. Charles Risley, III Mr. Carsten R. Udengaard (‘98, MS ‘03) Mr. Richard T. Gilbert (‘77) Mr. James Bujnoch (‘68) Mr. James R. Clark (‘61, ‘66) Ms. Adele Keck Collins (‘80) Mr. James L. Connor, III (‘91) Ms. Angelya Dawn Sherrell (‘93) Mr. Harold F. Cunningham, Jr. (‘71) Mr. Eric C. Mabrie (‘76) Mr. Clyde E. Mckinney, Jr. (‘50) Ms. Leslie Ann French (‘87) Mr. Fabian Trabazo (‘04) Mr. Roger W. Walter (‘81) Ms. Jennifer Joan Bowers (‘94) Mrs. Joyce L. White-Shanks (‘86) Mrs. Anne M. Cassler (‘96) Dr. Clyde Calvin Mayo (‘72) Mr. Ronald Lee Schroeder (‘82, ‘96) Mr. Stephen Adam Tower, II (‘77) Mr. Matthew Vogel (‘03) Mr. David Hill Keller (‘74) Mr. Jose A. Perez-Bello (‘97) Mr. Robert M. Tatum, Jr. (‘64) Mr. And Mrs. Charles L. Swan (‘82, MBA ‘92) Mrs. Patricia J. Swan (‘84, MBA ‘92) Mr. Harris And Mrs. Dayna Worchel (‘80) Mrs. Dayna M. Worchel (‘87) Mr. And Mrs. Sean Lloyd Tarman (‘03) Mr. Sean Lloyd Tarman (‘06)

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Mr. And Mrs. Edward M. Rucky Mr. Edward M. Rucky (‘76) Mr. And Mrs. Frank H. Priddy (‘77) Mr. Frank H. Priddy (‘76) Mr. And Mrs. Denis G. Ducran (‘01) Mrs. Sally A. Ducran (‘09) Mr. And Mrs. Dudley Winford Russell (‘73) Mrs. Lisa K. Russell (‘86) Mr. And Mrs. Harry Charles Drew (‘04) Mrs. Theresa A. Drew Mr. And Mrs. Kenneth H. Barrett Mr. Kenneth H. Barrett (‘67) Mr. And Ms. Hilario L. Razo (‘90) Mr. Hilario L. Razo Mr. And Mrs. Dwayne Stokes (‘77) Mr. Dwayne Stokes (‘77) Ms. Nell St. Cyr (‘69) Mr. Pete Joseph Fucik (‘66) Ms. Helena R. Mcnamee (‘00, ‘02) Mr. And Mrs. Nicholas L. Boyko (‘72, MED ‘75) Mrs. Brenda S. Boyko (‘79) Mr. And Mrs. Roy L. Cordes, Jr. (‘76) Mrs. Helen Cordes Ms. Margret Salinas (‘10) Ms. Margret Salinas Mr. And Mrs. David S. Seiver, P.E. (‘95, MSCHE ‘97) Mrs. Helena M. Seiver (‘00, MIE ‘00) Dr. Cedric Bertrand Kouam Tabue (‘05, PhD ‘08) Ms. Raissa Simo Kenmognie (‘10) Mr. And Mrs. William S. St. John (‘75) Mrs. Sarah Ann St. John Mr. And Mrs. Jeremy C. Eggert (‘96, MBA ‘00) Mrs. Lisa Eggert Mr. And Mrs. Cesar S. Carrillo (‘99) Mr. Cesar S. Carrillo (‘00) Dr. And Mrs. Timothy G. Sadler (‘65) Dr. Timothy G. Sadler (‘69) Mr. And Mrs. David F. Tharp (‘57) Mrs. Lillian S. Tharp (‘59) Dr. Donald And Dr. Cynthia Sparacino (‘79, MSOED ‘86) Dr. Cynthia Smyrl Sparacino (‘78) Mr. And Mrs. James C. Kempner Mr. James C. Kempner Mr. And Mrs. Robert L. Bowden (‘77) Mrs. Cynthia L. Bowden (‘77) Mr. And Mrs. John H. Hart (‘49, ‘76) Mrs. Inetha M. Hart Dr. And Mrs. Robert A. Ross (‘75) Dr. Robert A. Ross (‘78) Ms. Selenia Paz (‘09) Mr. Manuel Vera (‘09) Mr. And Mrs. Don S. Coffey (‘78) Mr. Don S. Coffey (‘89, ‘89) Mr. Bill Hlavacek (‘78) Mrs. Sandra Hlavacek (‘93) Mr. And Mrs. J. Casey Lowery (‘85) Mrs. Julie M. Lowery (‘87) Mr. And Mrs. Timothy E. Johnston (‘81) Mrs. Kimberly Louise Johnston (‘81) Mr. And Mrs. Robert P. Vary (‘99) Mr. Robert P. Vary (‘00) Mr. And Mrs. Walter W. Weaver (‘56) Mr. Walter W. Weaver (‘50) Mr. And Mrs. Kevin R. Crowley (‘80) Mrs. Annemarie S. Crowley (‘80) Mr. And Mrs. Bobby L. Weise (‘61, EdD ‘92) Mr. Bobby L. Weise (‘60) Mr. And Mrs. Richard Elmer Read (‘53) Mrs. Blair H. Read Dr. G. Sidney Buchanan (‘65, JD ‘87) Professor G. Sidney Buchanan Mr. And Mrs. Matt Chiara (‘80) Mrs. Robbi Chiara Mr. And Mrs. Chris F. Vaughan (‘79) Mrs. Diane Vaughan Mr. And Mrs. Brandon G. Bell (‘10) Mrs. Whitney Bell (‘09) Dr. Russell William Gause (82’) Dr. Russell William Gause (‘72, MA ‘73) Mr. And Mrs. Kenneth Joseph Carbonari (‘93) Mr. Kenneth Joseph Carbonari (‘05, ‘07) Dr. And Mrs. Frank Garcia, Jr. (‘74) Mrs. Patricia P. Garcia (‘86) Ms. Shamina Chang (‘98) Ms. Shamina Chang (‘10, ‘10) Mr. And Mrs. John E. O’Brien (‘74) Mr. John E. O’Brien (‘72)

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Writing True Crime By: Thomas Henley

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hen her husband was transferred from Wisconsin to Texas in the early eighties, Kathryn Casey knew she wanted to finish her college education. After researching colleges in the area, she quickly decided to attend the University of Houston for its affordability and because UH offered opportunities in both creative writing and journalism, which were both of interest to her. Casey enjoyed attending UH. When asked about her time there, she recalls a few of her influential professors; “The first that comes to mind is Ted Stanton in the journalism department. Warm and engaging, Ted showed amazing patience when I asked way too many questions. In the English department, my two favorites were Ntozaki Shange and Rosellen Brown, both wonderful authors. Stanton, Shange, and Brown were exceptional teachers, inspirational, tough yet fair.” 20

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During her senior year at UH, Casey landed an internship at the now-defunct Houston City Magazine, where she covered her first murder case. The internship opportunity opened doors into the magazine world, and allowed her to get a strong foothold within the industry when she finished her degree at UH. In the following two decades, Casey was able to write almost exclusively for national magazines. She interviewed celebrities, presidents, first ladies and everyday people who’d had extraordinary experiences. “I traveled a lot, and I loved it,” Casey says. Early on in her career, Casey started covering big-headline murder cases. “It appeared I had a knack for researching crime cases and getting the big interviews,” she says, “Before long, editors began to think of me in that context and they’d pick up the phone to call me

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when they had a crime piece to assign.” In the early nineties a case involving a serial rapist would become Casey’s first true crime book, The Rapist’s Wife (now being published as Evil Beside Her), which landed her a spot on Oprah. “It was actually a rather easy transition,” says Casey, “For a while I did both books and continued with my magazine work, but I’ve been concentrating on books for the past decade or so.” Since her first book, Casey has published six additional true crime books based on Texas murders. In her dealings with Texas murder cases, Casey talked to many people involved with each case as well as sat in a courtroom for hours upon hours of trials. She had to dig deep into the lives of friends, family, and even the investigators for her research. When asked if there was a particular case that had a great impact on her, Casey responded


with, “All of the cases have affected me in one way or the other. If I had to pick one, the case that touched me the most was the murder of Belinda Temple, in Katy, the subject of Shattered. That Belinda was eight months pregnant at the time made the murder seem so much worse.”

true crime books, and finally crime fiction,” Casey says.

After publishing seven successful true crime books, Kathryn decided to switch gears and try her hand at fiction. She finished her first fiction book, Singularity,

For some authors, making a switch from non-fiction to fiction might be a difficult transition, but for Casey, it seemed a good choice. Writing non-fiction books about Texas murders for over a decade gave Casey more than enough knowledge on the subject to transition into fiction. When asked how her experience with true crime shaped her ability to create the world in which Sarah

in 2008 and has since written two more books in the same series, Blood Lines, and The Killing Storm, the latter being described as a best [mystery] book of 2010 by Library Journal. The series follows the character of Sarah Armstrong, a Texas Ranger headquartered in Houston. “So everything’s been interconnected, all revolving around crime reporting, yet in three very different venues: magazine articles,

Armstrong lives, she said, “I know a lot of folks on all sides of the law enforcement equation, from police officers and prosecutors, to defense attorneys, families of the killers and the victims. I’ve gone into the prisons and interviewed the convicted killers. Working on true crime books, I sit through all the trials where forensic findings are dissected and fought over by experts. Writing true crime has been a long and fascinating

education in the inter-workings of the justice system. That world is the milieu of my fictional heroine, Sarah Armstrong. My experiences as a journalist shaped Sarah and her world, giving them authenticity.” In her line of work, Kathryn has traveled far and wide, particularly within the great state of Texas. In all of her wide travels, Casey chooses Houston as her home base. When asked “Of all of the cities to choose from in Texas, why Houston?”

she replied “I love Texas, and I so enjoy all its cities. I’ve written about most of the state at one time or another, from Rio Grande to Texarkana and Corpus to Amarillo, but Houston is my home and we never talk of moving. I enjoy the feel of the city. It’s just a bit on the wild side, which I find intriguing. In general, Texas is a superb place to be a writer. There’s so much going on, I never have to search far for inspiration.”


UH Alumni Makin g N e w s A c ro s s T h e G l o b e

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Bill Smith (’65), a four-year football letterman, was selected along with Ty Detmer, Hayden Fry and Darrell Royal as the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas’ 2012 Class of Gridiron Legends, individuals who made a significant contribution to the game of football in the state of Texas.

Amelia Ribnick-Kleiman (JD ‘83) has been named president of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) Advisory Board for the University of Denver.

Dr. Jeffrey T. Parsons (MS ’90, PHD ‘92) has been named Distinguished Professor of Psychology by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Parsons has been a member of the Hunter College Psychology Department since 2000, and is also a member of the doctoral faculty in Psychology and Public Health.

Abigail E. Anastasio (‘04) has joined the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney.

1969 Nell St. Cyr (’69) was elected president of the Petroleum Club of Houston. She is the club’s first female president.

1972 Ann Ryan Robertson (’72, JD ’77, LLM ’05), an attorney with Locke Lord, has been elected to the prestigious American Law Institute.

1976 D. Wayne Klotz (MS ‘76) was appointed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker to the Coastal Water Authority as president of the Board of Directors.

1979 David B. Walls (’79) has been promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Austin Industries, one of the largest construction firms in the United States..

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1983 Joe Zimmerman (‘83) was elected as council member at large for the City of Sugar Land.

1985 Jeffrey W. Hastings (‘85) has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

1986 Ben Sheppard (BBA ‘86, MBA ‘88), recently joined the Intellectual Property Practice at global consulting firm Charles River Associates. He is a vice president in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Ben is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst, and specializes in litigation consulting and expert testimony, forensic investigations, and valuation assignments with a particular focus on the entertainment industry. (As an aside, this year marks the 25th anniversary of his being named Mr. U of H!)

1989 Lily Ng (‘89) has been named President of Caesars Global Living Asia, the company’s non-gaming luxury hotel-management division.

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1992 Tina Poindexter (’92) was named Vice President of Commercial Lending at Memorial City Bank

1997 Greg Turner (MBA ’97) has been elected to a fiveyear term on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation, the governing body for the Institute.

2001 Diane (McQuire) St. Yves (’01, JD ’06) opened her own law firm: Law Office of Diane St. Yves, PLLC.

2002 Wayne Miller (MFA ‘02), a University of Houston Creative Writing Program alumnus, has received a Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing Fulbright Award to enable him to lecture, research, and write, at Queen’s University, Belfast, on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating world-wide.

2004 Amanda Posterick (’04, MED ’09) received the Campus Teacher of the Year award for the 20112012 school year at Metzler Elementary in Klein I.S.D. She also was a Statewide Semi-Finalist in the H.E.B. Excellence in Education Awards.

2006 Brenda Bradley Smith (JD ‘06), P.E., joins Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as regional director for the Houston region infrastructure practice, where she will focus on identifying and pursuing new project opportunities.

2007 Goldie Gabriel (JD ‘07) received the award for Excellence in Activism at the National Bar Association (NBA) and IMPACT’s “2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” Gala.

2010 Cody (’10, MS ’12) and Jessica Robinson (’10) were married on October 6, 2012.


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Navy Seaman Matthew H. Earle (’11) recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Jessica Wilbanks (MFA ‘11) was recently awarded Ruminate Magazine’s VanderMey Nonfiction Prize. Her winning piece is entitled Father of Disorder and recounts Wilbanks’ fear of having inherited her father’s rage.

Young Alumni Profile - Miguel Turcios

2011

UHAA Life Members are listed in RED

Miguel Turcios (’09) is a native Houstonian, but it wasn’t until he attended an open house and listened to a talk from a professor in the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management that he really became interested. After that, all it took was a tour of the Hilton College and the University of Houston campus to know it was the place for him. A two-year hotel and restaurant management internship in high school both re-assured him of his interest in the industry and also helped prepare him for his studies. While working on a Bachelor of Science at the Hilton College, Turcios discovered a passion for finance and eventually earned a minor in finance from the C.T. Bauer College of Business. Turcios held down a full-time job while also going to school full-time, but that didn’t stop him from being an involved student. He was a part of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) as well as the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Additionally, Turcios was a member of the Bauer College Finance Association. He recalled some memories from his time on campus, saying “I would have lunch and dinner at UH for the most part and some of my best memories involve lunch at the UC and the UC Satellite. Getting to know different people from the different colleges was a lot of fun as well.” After graduating, he took a job in the accounting department at the St. Regis Hotel in Houston. After spending a year there, he moved to Northwestern Mutual where he currently works as a financial representative. Working in financial security planning, Turcios meets with clients to assess future needs and goals. When asked what it is about that job that he enjoys, his answer came easily and with conviction. “It’s the client interaction that I enjoy. It’s the relationships being built with the clients. Everyone has a great talent or story and they’re never the same.” Turcios has stayed involved with the school since graduation by serving on a committee for Cougar Power Hour, a monthly networking event hosted by the Bauer Alumni Association that is open to all alumni. On top of that, he’s a part of the newly formed UH Professional Network, centered around alumni working in downtown Houston. He finished by noting the changes at the school in just the eight years since he started as a freshman. “It’s almost like night and day, comparing the campus now to when I was in school.” He continued, “I’m really excited about the opportunities UH has to continue growing. I’m a proud alumnus.”


{ Student Profile }

Student Profile - Seante Johnson By: Kate Long

Seante Johnson began her college career at culinary school, where she became a master baker and learned to hate the smell of professional kitchens. Needless to say, she discovered a career as a chef wasn’t for her. But all was not lost: her love of baking was still intact and she knew she still wanted a career taking care of others. So she decided on the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at the University of Houston. Seante’s decision to attend the University of Houston was an easy one. The UH campus is just 30 minutes away from her family, a major source of support for the Houston native. She visits them weekly, usually with one of her signature chocolate cakes in tow, a recipe she’s perfected even though she doesn’t especially like chocolate. “I love baking with chocolate because it makes other people happy. And I like to see other people happy,” Seante added. That’s Seante in a nutshell: always searching for ways to serve and inspire others, either with a pan of warm brownies or hands-on mentorship and guidance. She is a resident assistant at her dorm, a role she takes very seriously because she understands her responsibility in that role to help her residents succeed. Seante credits one of her first RAs for her early success at UH, when her family was still healing from her parents’ recent divorce and she was struggling to secure the funding she needed for college. In spite of these obstacles, Seante excelled in

her first semester at UH, always giving her very best, no matter what. Her desire to work closely with others is Seante’s ultimate motivation and it has taken her far. Seante chose the hospitality field because it is a people-oriented industry, but also because the business skills of the hospitality business would benefit her in other areas as well. After graduation, she plans to use her hospitality management knowledge along with her certification in Nonprofit Management to start an organization that helps college students find funding for school. Her personal challenges paying for college were daunting at times, but she made it happen with persistence and occasionally something from her kitchen to show thanks to those who came through for her. “The best thing I can do to make a difference is help people like me get an education,” she said. “Money should never keep someone from doing great things because they can’t pay for college.” In her spare time between classes, mentoring residents, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance events, board meetings for the Student Alumni Connection, and planning the future of her nonprofit organization, Seante still finds time to bake. Her kitchen is a collection of utensils and tools inherited from aunts and other relatives, each one a token of their love and support. She bakes for family and friends, never charges for her sweets, and says she never will.


{ In Memoriam } Alumni 1940s Richard D. Gillespie (’45) John Rundell (’47) James R. Batten (’49, ’56) 1950s 1960s 1970s

Jack H. Connor (’50) Harry W. Johnson (’50) Orville L. Story, Jr. (’50) Lamona F. Cherry (’52) Beverly S. Dawson (’52) Dan Moran, Jr. (’53) Norman F. Taylor (’54) Sherman J. Glass, Sr. (’55) Dr. Gwendolyn B. Grossman (MED ’56, EDD ’67) Clarence J. Sablatura (’56) Gervais W. Straker (’56) Barbara S. Wagner (’56) C. L. Roberts (’59, MED ’66) Walter S. McMeans (JD ’60) Edward B. Mercer, III (‘60) James H. Rieniets, Sr. (’60, ’61) Lovelle G. Via (MED ’60) Robert H. Cunningham, Jr. (’61) Adan L. Lopez, Sr. (’61) Harry B. Pettit (’61) Walter W. Walling (’61) Michael B. Head (’62) Ody Kent Jerden (JD ’62) The Honorable Arlene M. Marshall (’63) Carolyn A. Beatty (’64) Clyde E. Fortenberry (’65) David Ralph Tinney (’65) Larry W. Folk (’66) Daniel F. McKenzie (’66) Donald W. Taylor (’66) Monteze H. Botkin (MED ’67) Dr. Frank Herbert Griffith (’67, OD ’69) Kenneth F. E. Stockton (’67) Antone Chomenko (’68) Sam E. Magee (’68) Van Ross Smith (’68) Dr. Jesse L. Cashaw (PHD ’69) Joel Thomas Davidson (’69, ’77) Paul H. Pieri (JD ’69) Dr. Usman A. Qureshi (PHD ’69) Mona F. Vallance (’69) Robert Borrego (’70) Deanna Hammond (’70, MED ’83) Dr. Larry Debbs Pope (PHD ’70) Peter J. Balis (’71) Joan Fore Mapes (’71, MED ’73) Michael W. Horvath, Jr. (’72) H. E. Payssee (MED ’72) Paul R. Tinsley (JD ’72)

Charlene S. Joachim (’73) Albert Thomas Green (’73) Gerald Flaven Naugle (’73) Muriel A. Daly (’74) Reverend Carl L. Green (’74) Viola Gonzales Luna (’74) Erma L. Wilson (MED ’74) Gerard C. Cace (’76) Bertrand L. Pourteau, II (JD ’76) Chiu M. Chan (’78) Frank Aranza, Jr. (’79) Mary Anne Starbird (’79)

1980s

Betty Kahlden (’80) Epresanna Flores Tucker (MED ’80) Beverly W. Lands (’81) Joanne Benitez (MED ’82) Claude Daniel Hippard (JD ’83) Douglas E. Stockton, Jr. (JD ’83) Karin F. Veazey (MED ’84) Virginia Janet Spranger (MSW ’86) Johnie Lee Harper (’87) Daniel James Petroski, Jr. (JD ’87) Jennifer L.Young (’87, JD ’91) Robyn Jeana Spalter (JD ’88) Larry Walter Floyd (’89) Jo Ford (’89)

1990s

Spencer D. Law (’90) Bette Jean Odale (’90) James T. Watkins (’90) Paul C. Gregory (’95) Gita Wasan (’95) Pamela J. Grube (’96) Jerry W. Jackson (MS ’98)

2000s Mark E. Walton (’04) Alan E. Levine (MED ’05) Kyle M Jones (’09)

Friends

Annette Cheek Bishop James B. Bumgardner Dorothy Conley Harold E. Davis Joseph L. Foretich John T. Graham Joe H. Hardegree Conrad S. Hinshaw Garth Harrison Ladle Dr. Philip Lewis Betty Ann Guenard Matthews Mary B. Parramore Joe W. Payne Leland D. Salyer Kenneth E. Scheffer UHAA Life Members Samuel G. Wamsley are listed in RED HoustonAlumni.com

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New y e a r, n e w e v e n t s

Calendar JANUARY 19

Men’s Basketball vs. UCF 5 p.m. Hofheinz Pavilion

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Hit Lit - Written and Directed by Robert Wuhl Quintero Theatre UH School of Theatre and Dance

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Men’s Basketball vs. Tulsa 7 p.m. Hofheinz Pavilion

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Women’s Basketball vs. Southern Miss 7 p.m. Hofheinz Pavilion

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UH Professional Network Round Table Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. BlackFinn American Grille

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Baseball vs. Houston Baptist 6:30 p.m. Cougar Field

Men’s Basketball at SMU 2 p.m. Dallas, Texas Pre-game Party: Trinity Hall

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Women’s Basketball vs. Tulane 1 p.m. Hofheinz Pavilion

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Circle of Excellence Reception Wortham House

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Women’s Basketball vs. UTEP 1 p.m. Hofheinz Pavilion

Softball: Hilton Houston Plaza Classic Cougar Softball Stadium

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Alumni Professionals of Texas University of Houston

UH Day in Austin Bullock Museum

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Softball: Hilton Houston Plaza Invite Cougar Softball Stadium

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EAA Engineers Week 2013 Reception and Program Hilton, University of Houston

Men’s Basketball vs. UAB 5 p.m. Hofheinz Pavilion

APT Luncheon Featuring Robert Wuhl The UHAA Great Hall

Baseball vs. Northeastern Opening Series Cougar Field

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Bauer Executive MBA 35th Anniversary Cemo Hall, University of Houston

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Softball vs. Houston Baptist 6:30 p.m. Cougar Softball Stadium

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Softball vs. UTSA 5:30 p.m. Cougar Softball Stadium

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Baseball at Minute Maid Classic Minute Maid Park Houston, Texas

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Men’s Basketball vs. Marshall 1 p.m. Hofheinz Pavilion

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Women’s Basketball vs. Rice 2 p.m. Hofheinz Pavilion


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Baseball vs. Penn State 6:30 p.m. Cougar Field

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Baseball vs. Penn State 4:00 p.m. Cougar Field

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59th Annual Alumni Awards Gala The Westin - Memorial City

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Softball vs. UAB Cougar Softball Stadium

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Men’s Basketball vs. Rice 7:00 p.m. Hofheinz Pavilion

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Baseball vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi Cougar Field

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Chicago Network Luncheon Chicago, Illinois

Baseball vs. Louisiana-Lafayette 6:30 p.m. Cougar Field

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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Softball vs. Mississippi State 6:30 p.m. Cougar Softball Stadium

Proceeds benefit UHAA programs and scholarships.

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For a full list of the honorees see page 12 of this issue!

Baseball vs. UAB Cougar Field

Secure your seat or table at: Visit HoustonAlumni.com/gala

Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Visit HoustonAlumni.com for the latest information.

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Baseball vs. Texas 6:30 p.m. Cougar Field

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Baseball vs. Harvard 6:30 p.m. Cougar Field

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Softball vs. Alabama 6:30 p.m. Cougar Softball Stadium

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Gourmet Night Hilton University of Houston

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17th Annual Technology Alumni Association Golf Classic Woodforest Golf Club HoustonAlumni.com

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{ Paws & Remember - 1982 }

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Paws and Remember highlights photographs—some funny, some nostalgic—from a single year in Cougar history, to relive the dreams of students eager to make their mark on the world. Please enjoy these selections from 1982. 1. The Drama Department faculty, including Sidney Berger and Cecil Pickett. (Second and third from the left, respectively) 2. James Leifeste of the Delta Upsilon fraternity participates in an on-campus competition. 3. Defensive captain, Grady Turner, with the Bayou Bucket after UH shut out the Rice Owls. 4. Pianist Abbey Simon is shown in his studio preparing for a recital. The acclaimed musician was also a professor at UH’s School of Music.

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